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Microsoft's Office 365 app is now available from Apple's iTunes store for iPhones, iPads and iPods. The cloud-powered, subscription-based software can be obtained if you're in the US: everyone else, including us Brits, will have to wait a while, though probably not for long. The productivity suite is pretty comprehensive, and …

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The more platforms their customers can access their docs from the better surely.

I don't see Google being humiliated by allowing Google Maps and searches to be done from an Apple phone...

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@Eadon - You seem to not realise that office is and always has been available for Mac OS. Office 365 works well with Android via the browser and I believe there is a native app on the way, if it's not already here.

The main reason that MS haven't released a Linux port for Office is that the amount of work involved would be totally disproportionate to the amount of desktop users who are a candidate to use it. That said, I find that I can access office documents in my SkyDrive on Windows, Mac OS and Linux, so maybe that's the tack their taking, get Linux users to use Office 365.

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Not to try and give Eadon room to fire away, but honestly I'm with him on the whole office to Linux port. If they had one, I'd have no reason to install Windows. Most of my users (few who even struggle between XP to Win7) would actually find it simpler to have an Ubuntu or or Fedora where you basically mimicking a Mobile screen.

Not the best screen for IT Administration (Not un-usable either), but for people can't fathom more than one way of doing things, it would be simple.

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"But if you can port between Apple and MS systems, then it's not that much more work to port to Linux."

Don't bet on it. I doubt there is a single codebase with a few #ifdef MAC lines here and there. If it was, they'd release for both platforms at roughly the same time with similar feature sets. I don't think they've ever done that. My guess is that it's two completely independent codebases. (Anyone know for sure and able to say?)

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Microsoft has failed at the phone market before.

My old HP IPAQ phone did all that the IPhone and IPod could do years before Apple even thought to nick the idea of a portable music player. (I've never understood why the IPAQ was never used as prior art as even the name is so similar , and it had rounded edges... ) Plus it had GPS, tomtom and skype, and (a crap version, though still better then IE of) Firefox.

The only thing different about the the 1st IPHONE is that Apple are a hell of a lot better at selling stuff than MS.

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"I don't see Google being humiliated by allowing Google Maps and searches to be done from an Apple phone"

I think Apple's last attempt at a mapping application consumed all the available humiliation energy in the smartphone marketplace

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Mushroom

Re: MS Humiliation

Surely Linux can run Office under WINE? Yet there is near zero Linux adoption. i.e. you are talking bollocks as usual.

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Mushroom

Re: MS Humiliation

Actually Windows Mobile had over 50% smartphone market share!

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> Actually Windows Mobile had over 50% smartphone market share!

Not quite. The highest market share was in the US in 2006/7 and that was 42%. Rest of world was lower.

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Nope - global share of the smartphone topped 50% at one point for Windows Mobile. You are talking about US market share, and as we all know, the US tends to lag behind in mobile technology....

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> My guess is that it's two completely independent codebases. (Anyone know for sure and able to say?

More to the point, MS hobble's its non-Windows offerings. They will provide the basic functions in 365 but for "enterprise" features (wtb sarcasm tag) like visio, you'll need Windows.

They just want to make sure you don't defect to a different office document format. Apple hardware costs and lack of Visio etc make sure it windows doesn't lose out in the enterprise. They will support BYOD, but make it slightly harder than you expected.

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And you don't seem to realise that the App they gave iOS is not office. It's an App to handle your Office 365. Heck they don't even make a iPad app.

So yes Office 365 is available trough the web on any platform. And that's basically what MS made. So no there is Not any Office on the iphone/ipad there is Office 365.

So in fact MS is giving just as much Office to both Linux/Android users as they are giving Apple users, and that is Office 365.

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And in the whole world Nokia had over 50%. So no Windows mobile never had such numbers.

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Strategic alliance

It was always quite obvious the way things are heading.

Three's a crowd and it ain't going to get any prettier from these older two.

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Well it seems to work...

Just installed it and tested in on a few bits...

- File shares to/from skydrive seem happy and relatively quick.

- Excel formatting works okay - don't have any with macros/pivot tables to hand

- Word document I tried it with (which has a nasty complex layout including some weird tables) came up cleanly - although I couldn't see an easy way to get to headers and footers.

- My really large and stupidly complex Powerpoint file opened right - played correctly and also was editable which is really what I was most in it for

Now for an ipad version so I can do it on something bigger than a 5" screen. If that works, Then I don't really need my work machine anymore running Windows as I can dump all the Microsoft files over to the iPad and use OtherOS to do the rest of the stuff.

(Conditional thumbs up since it this really does work in the long run I can dump all but 1 windows machine in the house!)

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Mushroom

Office for iPhone will destroy Nokia

If I worked at a company that focuses on selling Windows Phones, I would be coming after Steve Ballmer with a chainsaw today.

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Mushroom

Re: Office for iPhone will destroy Nokia

No you wouldnt. Nokias have a free version of Office. This is an Office 365 client that requires payment.

Not to mention that Nokias dont break when you drop them, have a better, faster and more secure OS, better UI (That Apple copied in IOS7!) better Maps, NAV, Microphones, Camera, etc, etc....

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@Mendling Coming after Steve Ballmer with a chainsaw. Does it really NEED a reason?

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I guess it depends on whether you want Microsoft to be a competently run company or not

I'm sure Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Tim Cook, the PS4 team and the founders of Skype love him to bits. But unlike Nokia they don't depend on Microsoft for the future.

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Now all I need.........

Is a 22inch Ipad and I'm good to go for Office IOS.

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It's funny timing. Thought office-readiness was one of the main selling points for the Surface. Now, months after it's available, they put an iPhone version out? Sounds to me like the sales figures for Surface (Pro) and other Windows fondleslabs are way behind M$'s expectations.

Like someone else reckoned earlier, I too think that the Surface will vanish from the stores (if it has ever arrived) by next year.

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iOS version, not just iPhone. No more beer for me tonight.

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Microsoft have released an iPhone Office 365 client. Not Office for iPhone. Big difference...

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Seriously?

Does anyone actually attempt to use Office on a mobile phone? How bizarre.

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Re: Seriously?

I have asthma and my doctor has asked me to record my peak flow first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I have an excel spreadsheet for this and use my phone to update it. It's a classic use scenario, you don't need to do much or anything complicated, but it's at a time when digging out a laptop or using my desktop is incontinent, also if I'm away for the night I don't need to cart around a full sized laptop.

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Really?

Trying to get iPhone users to pony up for an Office 365 subscription? I think not. I'm not buying an Office 365 subscription, EVER.

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But lots of the companies they work for will use Office 365....

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Well they were stupid enough to pay the Apple tax. Sounds like a good punt to me....

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There's one thing I need to applaud Microsoft for

They somehow manage to make people believe "Office" "productivity" software is still relevant in a world of e-mail and Etherpad Lite.

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Mushroom

Re: There's one thing I need to applaud Microsoft for

You mean Office - with Outlook - the world's most popular email client? And wtf is 'Etherpad Lite'?

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OMG. That's fugly.

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